Continuing Education Classes for Architects on Retrofitting and Local Law 97

Organized by AIA New York and CUNY Building Performance Lab, Retrofit Now! Reducing Carbon and Complying with Local Law 97 trains architects how to reduce energy and carbon in their clients’ buildings.

The Course content will be offered virtually this fall from September 30, 2021 through November 11, 2021 as “Retrofit Now! Biweekly Series” and in-person in December as an intensive 16 hour session.

Photo: Matthis Volquardsen.
Photo: Matthis Volquardsen.
Longueau, France. Photo: Fabrice Singevin.
Longueau, France. Photo: Fabrice Singevin.
SUNY Retrofit Now Reducing Carbon And Complying With LL97

New York has gotten serious about climate change and this will have a huge impact on architectural practice. Local Law 97 sets carbon caps on emissions from large buildings and will be enforced with fines. Another law requires large buildings to post energy-efficiency grades near public entrances. In addition, the newest energy code is about 20 percent stronger than the last one.

Building owners now expect architects and other designers to have the expertise to help them meet the code, avoid fines, and get good grades. An estimated $21 billion will be spent on building retrofits to meet the carbon caps through 2030, and even more will be spent through 2050, representing a huge business opportunity for skilled designers and a chance to help solve the most pressing issue of this century. Designers without expertise may instead face legal liabilities, should their work result in carbon fines or low grades.

Retrofit Now! will provide you with a comprehensive overview of New York City’s regulatory environment and training in how to make significant energy and carbon reductions in your clients’ buildings.

Key topics we will cover include:

  • Regulatory and existing building stock context
  • Retrofits, deep retrofits, and capital asset planning
  • Typical architectural renovations that can be leveraged
  • Engineering strategies for energy-use reduction
  • Financial and technical assistance

Retrofit Now! Biweekly Series (Scheduled for September 30- November 11, 2021)

Continuing Education Credits:
Total credits depend on how many sessions individuals attend. Maximum possible AIA CES: 14 LU | 14 HSW

The series includes the following five virtual sessions:

  • PlanningNow! NYC’s Low-Carbon Building Laws and How to Plan for Them
    September 30, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • EnvelopesNow! Retrofitting Existing Building Facades for a Low-Carbon Future
    October 14, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • InteriorsNow! Retrofitting Existing Building Interiors for a Low-Carbon Future
    October 28, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
  • EngineeringNow! HVAC Retrofit Strategies for a Low-Carbon Future
    November 11, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Later or Now! Approaches Toward Low-Carbon Retrofits
    November 11, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


Participants can register for any combination of the five sessions outlined from this Conference web page.

$300 for AIA Members full series
$340 for General Public full series
Individual Session prices vary. AIANY members receive a 10% discount but must enter a discount code before checkout. Please contact if you are a member and need the code.

Retrofit Now! Four day intensive course (scheduled for December 2021)

A full course outline for the December session is available here.

Continuing Education Credits:
AIA CES: 14 LU | 14 HSW

$300 for AIA Members
$350 for General Public

Registration link to come

Laurie Kerr, FAIA,
LEED AP, President, LK Policy Lab
Paul Reale, MEME, LEED AP, Director, Building Operations Research and Training, CUNY Building Performance Lab
Wolfgang Werner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC, USGBC Faculty, President and CEO, Urban Fabrick, Inc

The December class will be given by two of the instructors.

Course attendees had this to say:

“Well organized and logical progression through the topics… provide a comprehensive and easy to understand deep dive into a very complex technical, legal and sociological minefield.”

“Very informative, confirming what I knew and learning what I did not know.”


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